Magazine article Work & Family Life

5 Easy Steps to Thinking Creatively

Magazine article Work & Family Life

5 Easy Steps to Thinking Creatively

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To approach a workplace problem creatively, we need to be fluent, flexible thinkers, says author Michael Michalko in his book "Cracking Creativity." A s he sees it, fluency just means coming up with lots of ideas, and flexibility means looking for new ways to think about a subject-any subject. H ere's Michalko's five-step process.

1 Defer judgment. Get your juices flowing. D on't say "dumb idea"-to yourself or to anyone else on your work team. Wait to decide which ideas are worth developing. An idea that at first seems unrelated to the problem may be worth pursuing later.

2 Generate lots of ideas. The more, the better. Most of your ideas may end up on the "cutting-room floor," but all it takes is one or two good ones to make a difference. …

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